The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund, custodians of the Kurt Schork Awards for International Journalism, is calling on all freelance journalists and local reporters working anywhere in the world to submit their entries for the 2013 edition.
Submitted articles – one, two or a maximum of three – must have been published between 1 June 2012 and 31 May 2013.
The deadline for receipt of submissions is midnight (London time) on Friday 31 May 2013.
Accepted media include any print-based medium (newspapers and magazines), or established online publications.
Blogs, personal websites and social media pages or channels are not accepted.
Articles can encompass war reporting, human rights issues, cross-border troubles, corruption or other controversial matters impacting on people’s lives.
The organisers said the judges will be looking for professionalism, high journalistic standards, and evidence of dedication and courage in getting the story.
The program is named after US freelance journalist Kurt Schork who died in a military ambush in Sierra Leone on 24 May 2000, while on assignment for international news agency Reuters.
The first awards were launched in 2001, after Schork’s family, friends and colleagues set up the Fund with help from Reuters.
“We uniquely honour the work of freelance journalists and of local reporters in developing countries or nations in transition who often otherwise receive little recognition,” the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund said, adding that the Fund exists to keep the world aware of the debt it owes to brave journalists who bring news from dangerous places.
“Often at personal risk, many journalists around the world work hard to report conflict, corruption and injustice.
“Their goal is to ensure that the wider world learns about – and better understands – the challenges faced by communities under pressure and may perhaps be spurred into providing help to the desperate.”
The awards ceremony takes place in London on 28 November 2013.
The 2012 award winners were Sarah Topol (freelance category), a US journalist based in Cairo, Egypt, and Mexico’s Humberto Padgett (local reporter category).
*Photo by trust.org. the late US freelance journalist Kurt Schork on duty in Africa.